Midlands latest: The man Villa forced out; WBA's new managerial target; Wolves' huge losses revealed

Tony Pulis Interview - 23/02/2014

We bring you news of why Marc Albrighton had to leave Aston Villa and the new signing who is delighted to join Paul Lambert's side. We also focus on West Brom's managerial shortlist, Wolves' huge losses and why Stoke City believe Tony Pulis' departure was a good thing.

We bring you news of all the biggest stories to break involving the clubs in the Midlands over the last 24 hours.

1) Marc Albrighton has revealed Aston Villa forced him out of the club

Marc Albrighton’s decision to join Premier League newcomers Leicester City was made easy as Aston Villa wanted to sell him.

Albrighton came through the youth ranks at Aston Villa, but was told that he was free to leave the club this summer by Paul Lambert and he said that made his move to the Foxes and easy one to make.

"It was a bit of a shock. I wasn't expecting a massive bumper deal from Villa but, if I am honest, I was expecting something,” the midfielder revealed to the Leicester Mercury.

"Having been at Villa for 16 years, it is going to be weird and strange to make that change, but it was a decision made by the club for me to go.

"They said they didn't want my services any more but I don't hold anything against them.

"It is a decision made by them and I have come to a big club in Leicester. I can't wait to get started.

2) New Aston Villa man Phillipe Senderos says he is ‘delighted’ to have joined the club

Aston Villa’s first summer signing, Phillipe Senderos, says he is delighted to have joined Paul Lambert’s side.

Senderos joins the club on a free transfer after his contract at Valencia expired and he says he is expecting a lot of competition for a starting place at Villa Park.

"I'm really delighted to be joining Aston Villa, a great club with such a big history, and for me this is a great step in my career," he said to the club’s official website.

"There will be a lot of competition for places with Ron Vlaar, Ciaran Clark, Nathan Baker and Jores Okore also very capable Premier League defenders, so it will be up to me to fight for and to earn my place in the team.

"This is a team and a club which wants to do better, I know this, and hopefully we can all develop together and create something special.

3) West Brom are targeting Sean Dyche as their new manager

West Bromwich Albion are hoping to appoint Sean Dyche as boss for the next season, report the Lancashire Telegraph.

The Burnley manager has done a tremendous job by guiding his current club to the Premier League on a small budget and The Baggies have decided that he could be the right man to take the club forward.

Dyche is believed to be one of six managers on a shortlist drawn up the West Brom board, with Tim Sherwood also linked with being in line to take the job at the Hawthorns.

4) New figures reveal losses of over £30 million for Wolves

Deloitte have revealed that Wolverhampton Wanderers have experienced losses of £32 million for the 2012/13 season.

The club’s relegation from the Premier League caused the huge losses, with many players being kept on large salaries despite Wolves having to play Championship football.

Wolves are likely to post similar figures for the last campaign, where they dropped down to League One, but will be hoping that their promotion back to the second tier will mean that they come closer to making a profit next season, as Kenny Jackett continues to try and balance the books.

5) Stoke City chairman, Peter Coates, says that Tony Pulis’ exit was good for both parties

Stoke City chairman Peter Coates believes that Tony Pulis’ departure from the club came at the ‘perfect time’ for both him and the club.

Pulis had been Stoke’s long-term manager before the Potters decided to take a new direction and appoint Mark Hughes last summer.

Since, Pulis has gone on to perform miracles at Crystal Palace and guide them to safety and Coates believes that the move could hardly have gone better for either of them.

He said to the BBC: "The outcome could not have been happier.

"We felt it was time for a change. And our season just got better and better."

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